Commercial Food Waste Collection

A series of guides and case studies to help improve the collection of commercial waste from businesses and health care organisations.

Commercial Food Waste Collections

This good practice guide is aimed at waste management companies and local authorities to encourage the collection of food waste from small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs), public sector organisations, and larger businesses. It provides a step-by-step approach to the implementation of a commercial food waste collection service. The guide largely draws on WRAP’s previous work in the sustainable management of food waste and the learnings from 10 WRAP-funded business food waste ‘demonstration projects’, launched in England in 2012. 

The guide also includes: 

  • Communications and Marketing Plan Template for your food waste collections service;
  • a Cash Flow Model to allow you to predict costs and income from your proposed commercial food waste collection service over an initial 2 year period; and
  • an Implementation Plan Template to enable you to set out the individual tasks associated with each step of your proposed commercial food waste collection service plan over an initial 12 week period.

Collecting food waste from NHS hospitals

Research by WRAP indicates that there is a significant opportunity for waste management contractors to provide food waste collection services to the NHS. This guide has been developed based on interviews with NHS hospitals with food waste collections and their waste management companies.  It aims to help waste management companies understand how best to meet the food waste collection service requirements of NHS hospitals.

WRAP has also published a series of case studies on food collection from NHS organisations: